food allergies Tag

HOLA!  Buenos dias? Having just returned from Mexico on family vacation, I am completely inspired to share an incredibly easy to make, inexpensive, protein rich, Breakfast burritos.  But before I do that, I just have to say how impressed I was with our trip to Cabo. Beyond it just being so darn pretty, and not mention relaxing, everyone we met were kind & polite, even when we passed on buying their goods they were selling on the marina.  What really blew me away, is that almost every restaurant we went to for dinner, asked right off about food allergies, even the gentleman taking our reservations! Way to make a food-allergy-mom feel more comfortable!   I can't remember the last time one of my waiters here actually asked about any potential allergies.  Needless to say, it was a wonderful time away and I am thankful everyone took such good care of us.

Find your Why. Let your passion, circumstance, struggles become the driving force behind everything you do. Because you have a purpose! www.Xanderfriendlyfoods.com For the last 2 days, I've been trying to get a specific post out but after 3 calls with my hosting provider & multiple downloads, deletes, reboots and what-nots, that post has been lost in an effort to save everything else on this blog.  Boo! The funny thing is, as I was typing about a delicious dessert, I had another post idea that just wouldn't go away and it looks like fate wanted that one written first.  So,  here you go Fate!

One of the things that I love about allergy-free baking is the challenge. I enjoy taking a recipe that is known and loved and turn it into a treat that my son, and others that share his allergies can have. I also love being able to hear my friends rave over something and then hear their shock when I tell them it's vegan. Like Vegan Oreo Truffles. Did you notice in the title it says "Oreos"?  Did you know they are vegan, which means they are free of dairy and eggs as well as any other animal products. Now don't mistake vegan for healthy, however, it won’t kill my kid, and so in that terms, it’s healthy enough.  (I used regular Oreos, but read the labels, because some DO contain milk and may be in a facility that also produces peanut products). Oreo Truffles go back a long time; I couldn't even tell you where it originated from or who gets credit for the original recipe. You may have seen them served on a platter at a party or may have even tasted one (or 3) before. Basically, its crushed Oreos, mixed with cream cheese then coated in chocolate or candy coating. Tastes amazing, but absolutely NOT what you want to hand anyone with food allergies or certain restrictions. Here’s where I come in, making this something you now CAN eat.

Easy, homemade, vegan & gluten free Lasagna roll-ups, made with tofu ricotta, and a flavorful vegan sausage crumble. Peanut & Nut free also.

Garfield is not the only one who LOVES lasagna!

My oldest son Zac is becoming a bit of a foodie. Maybe its because he's been listening to me for all these years talk about food, or having them help me in the kitchen. Maybe it's because he's taking a Food Prep class in high school this year and is enjoying being creative in there.  Maybe it's just because he likes good food.  :) Whatever, the reason, it makes me proud to see him enjoying the tastes & flavors of REAL, home-cooked food.  Usually, he's the first to request certain dinners as well, especially when we've been in the season of eating out a little more than we should. (I know you've all been there!).

Sometimes, it's a request for chili, sometimes enchiladas, but most of the time, it's lasagna. Vegan Lasagna to be exact. This recipe by far is his favorite and was so loved by others, it was included on Buzzfeed, much to my kiddos delight.  However, sometimes I just get bored with making it the same way and decided to turn this recipe into Easy-to-serve, Roll-ups.

These cute little rolls, didn't take any longer than it would layering a big pan of traditional lasagna and I loved that each bite, was full of flavor and noodles. Kind of like when you eat from the center of the lasagna pan. 

Veggie Carrot

Let me be Frank with you....these Hot Veggie Dogs are good! ( do you see what I did there? My oldest son, who enjoys a good PUN would be so proud).

Seriously, these are stinking amazing!

There have only been a few times that a new food concept had me intrigued (like when meringue was being made from aquafaba - the liquid from canned chickpeas) and this is one of those times.  Let me explain.

 

Have you fallen in love with a Latte yet?

Maybe you like a caffè latte.  Bold coffee, mixed with steamed or scalded milk.

OR, maybe you are more of the tea latte, fan.  Rich, espresso-free tea with swirls of heated milk.

Either way, you can't really go wrong, however, I have a favorite and I typically never stray.  "Soy Chai Tea Latte, extra hot, no water, please".  It's like a drinking a little bit of Happy.

SO when I tell you that this post is NOT about a Chai Tea Latte, I'm kinda cheating on my first love because I'm going to share with you how to make a Matcha Tea Latte, right from home!

Now, I know what you are thinking, "make your latte at home, that's absurd.  I mean, do you see everything they have to do before handing us those cups filled with wonder from the Starbucks counter"? Typically, I would tell you how correct you are, BUT, you don't need any of those things!  Honest.

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls. Spring Rolls I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off. This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them. Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.